How Fawlty Towers almost never opened its doors

This gem comes from Shaun Usher over at Letters of Note, a Manchester site dedicated to the seeking out fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos. To the British comedy world, there is none more ‘fascinating’ that this accompanying 1974 memo graphic supplied by Sam Ward. While we knew of this story through several interviews […]

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Trollied renewed for 2 seasons

Sky 1, to further demonstrate their ongoing commitment to create original comedy content, announced recently that Trollied, starring Jane Horrocks, Jason Watkins and Mark Addy, has been renewed for two seasons. In somewhat of a departure for British comedy commissioning, which traditionally consists of green-lighting one season of a series for 6-8 episodes at a […]

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PBS House Call set for Sept 30

Old news to some, new to others. Either way, this is news that bears repeating off and on for the next 4-6 weeks so bear with me…until September 30, anyway. During the PBS portion of the recent Television Critics Association summer press tour, Hugh Laurie made a quick ‘house call’ to chat up his upcoming […]

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British bits and bobs from Downton Abbey 2

Downton Abbey a ‘downstairs’ hit Seems as though Dan Stevens, who played Matthew Crawley, the heir to the opulent estate, in ITV’s Downton Abbey has discovered there are downstairs DA fans everywhere. Stevens recently commented that he met a butler at a dinner at a house in Belgravia and revealed,  “He took me aside on […]

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MAVS Win! NBA Champs 2011!

Given that we’ve been waiting for this for a mere 31 years, you’ll have to bear with me on today’s post. Was a bit of a late Sunday as the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA Finals led by series MVP, Dirk Nowitski and the JET, Jason Terry. Since this was the Mavs first ever NBA […]

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A real-life Doc Martin, w/out the curmudgeon part

Despite the fact that Dr. Lawrence Barnes is not afraid of blood, he doesn’t kick stray dogs and is not even close to being as curmudgeonly as Dr. Martin Ellingham, a.k.a. Doc Martin, “Doc Barnes” is leading a seemingly familiar mid-20th century doctor’s life to his fictional counterpart. Working surgeries between the two fishing villages […]

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The Man Who Invented the Daleks – Terry Nation

Maybe you are searching for a little three-day weekend reading as opposed to yesterdays suggestions of some classic British comedy marathon viewing? If so, the book for you has just released this week in the UK. So you can make plans now for a little Labor Day weekend reading, a September 1 release in the […]

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Thinking about releasing Dr. Who spoilers? Think again.

Hate is such a strong word, but in this case, might very well be justified. This may be old news by now, but it’s well worth repeating for those that need to read it again and again. Seems as though the all-around greatness of Doctor Who head-writer, Steven Moffat, has finally had enough of ‘fans’ […]

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